Thursday, November 20, 2014

Oliva helps with Christmas

Part of what makes the holidays special are all the traditions. One of The O'Regan family traditions is to bring out all our children's Christmas books around Thanksgiving.  We have dozens of wonderful books recommended to us by The Storybook Shoppe that are perfect for celebrating the season.  Olivia helps with Christmas, by Ian Falconer, is one of our absolute favorites and comes highly recommended by our entire family and the staff at The Storybook Shoppe. Miss Bonnie and I also showcased it on WHHI TV's Holiday Shopping Showcase this week as one of the great gifts for the holidays! (Make sure you follow our Facebook page and stay tuned for updates on our airing.)  This one is just plain FUN and FESTIVE. 

Olivia is her usual precocious, curious, and unique self. Wanting to be helpful to her mother, she feeds her brother breakfast, help with the Christmas tree lights and decorates the tree and table. 

She waits mostly patiently for Santa by the window, updating everyone on the weather frequently, and doesn't allow her father to make a fire. (It might cook Santa, after all!) Like so many families, the little piggies barely finish their breakfast before ripping into their packages and stockings. They are appreciative and enthusiastic about their gifts (although some more than others.) 

Olivia goes on an adventure with one of her new gifts and in the end, it's all just so entertaining and fun. There's nothing overly complicated, no underlying message or teaching moment, it's just an enjoyable book for your little ones to read or listen to.

You can buy this book right here and right now on our blog and support The Storybook Shoppe, Bluffton South Carolina's only independent children's bookstore! We do appreciate your support and as a thank you, take 10% OFF the price! It will arrive at your door within 5-7 business days (plenty of time to enjoy for the holidays!)

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bunny Cakes

In keeping with our event this week at The Storybook Shoppe, I wanted to share another Rosemary Wells favorite of ours in The O'Regan household.  Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells features the popular rabbit characters, Max & Ruby, in a hilarious baking adventure.  Max is up to his usual mischief and Ruby is up to her usual older sister role!  This time they are in the kitchen together. 

As the duo sets out to make Grandma a cake for her birthday, they find they have very different ideas of how to bake the cake.  They also need ingredients! Max is convinced and determined he needs marshmallow squirters to make the perfect cake for Grandma.  Ruby, the bossy but patient older sister, sends Max to the store over and over again with a list of sensible ingredients to get from the grocer. Strong willed Max finds a way to communicate (even through his illegible "handwriting") that he needs his favorite candy! Will Grandma's cake be filled with marshmallow squirters? Will there be two cakes? 

Of course, Grandma loves that her grand rabbits have put the time and effort into making the perfect cake. We just love this funny adventure and the spirit of these characters! 

If you love this series and book like we do, we found this really cool activity packet that teaches colors, shapes, and more using these adorable characters! Click here to learn more! 

This Bunny Cakes resource which contains over 40 pages of activities and printable black/white pages to help your students learn essential skills while having so much fun! These will greatly enhance your lesson plans!

You can buy Bunny Cakes right here on our blog, just check out with PayPal below. Or be sure to check out Rosemary Wells' latest book, Max and Ruby at The Warthogs' Wedding.  Rosemary Wells will be at the store on Friday, November 14 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.  You can have your purchased book signed by her! We hope to see you there! 

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Max & Ruby at the Warthogs' Wedding

We have big news! HUGE!  The creator of the popular series, Max and Ruby, Rosemary Wells is COMING TO THE STORYBOOK SHOPPE!  We couldn't be more excited and more thrilled to host this accomplish author at our little store in Bluffton, South Carolina.  Today,  I am here to share with you all the details of her latest book, Max and Ruby at the Warhogs' Wedding.  The beautiful book is current, modern, fresh and has everything you love about the adorable characters, Max and Ruby. 

Once again, Max is up to his usual mischief with his gob smackers! He refuses to get dressed in his wedding attire and it's up to Ruby to dress him.  Then it's up to Max and Ruby to find the Chapel with Grandma's bunny phone (a fold out, lift-a-flap part of the book very reminiscent of an iPhone!)  They even have to follow a GPS-like map! But what will happen when the Warhogs' wedding ring gets lost? They'll chase it through the laundry, on the awning of the Ritz hotel, in the West Tower, the Conservatory, into the ballroom and the chapel! Will Max get to see the wedding? 

This story is an instant classic and I love how "current" the book is with technology references. I think Rosemary Wells is one of the first to adopt such technology effortlessly into the book. It doesn't seem forced, but a natural integration into her book. My daughter, Molly, one of the biggest Max and Ruby fans there is, gave this book a huge "thumbs up." 

I'd also like to note that the illustrations in this book are simply beautiful and depict the characters we have come to know and love so well.  Joyful Louise and Ruby whose friendship is one I just adore, is evident just by the way they are drawn.  The paper on which the book is printed is heavy weight cardstock and it just feels good as you turn the pages. It's such a keepsake book and a true treasure!  

We are so thrilled that this accomplished author will be joining us at The Storybook Shoppe on Friday, November 14th from 3:00 - 4:30 pm and can hardly believe how lucky we are to have her!  She will be signing purchased copies of this latest book, Max and Ruby at the Warthog Wedding and other Rosemary Wells books that we will have available for sale. Don't miss this event! 

If you aren't able to make this event, purchase your copy below and check out with Paypal. We will ship the book directly to your door! As a thank you for your support, we will take 10% OFF the list price. 

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

We're Off to Find the Witch's House

This time of year is so exciting for little ones! With all the candy, costumes and Fall festivities, children get their fair share of ghosts, witches, skeletons and goblins in October.  For some children, this can be a little frightening! Which is why we fell in love with We're Off to Find the Witch's House by Mr. Krieb and illustrated by R.W. Alley. It's a fun, cartoon illustrated book for little ones who want to take part in the "scary" Halloween fun but not be terrified! It's not threatening but captures the "frightful" aspects of Halloween perfectly. 

This adorable book was recommended to my family by Miss Wendy at The Storybook Shoppe. My 5-year old daughter, Molly, recognized 4 pages into this book that it's a parody of the wonderful book, We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Filled with lots of alliteration and rhyming, the book is fun and sing-songy when read out loud. We loved the adorable little characters and all of the creatures they meet as they go on search for a witch! 

Halloween books are so much fun to stock in your children's personal library. Inexpensive paperbacks like these will treat your children all month long to all the Halloween cute and scary fun! Bring them out year after year and bring back all the memories of the season!

You can buy the book here, right now on our blog by checking out with PayPal below. As a thank you for supporting The Storybook Shoppe, we'll give you 10% OFF! Happy Halloween!

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